Match Results | 21st & 22nd May 2022
Check out the weekends results for the Cambridge Football Club teams!
Matamata vs Cambridge Football Club Ladies Div 1
SCORE: 1-0 HT, 3-0 FT.
Closer game than the scoreline suggests.
Both teams started well, with some firm (but fair) tackles being put in by both teams. Pitch was in fairly good condition considering it was reported as being under water on Thursday but the grass was long with plenty of leaf cover on top, Matamata probably adjusting to the conditions a little bit quicker than us. Matamata scored late in the first half from a long thow set piece.
We came out firing in the second spell creating several chances, the closest of which was shot from Chantal Fur bouncing off the post. But another long throw set move gave Matamata their second goal. We never gave up with mata defence putting their bodies on the line blocking 5 or 6 shots heading towards the net. Their 3rd goal was a penalty shortly before full time. Not the result we were looking for but plenty of heart shown on the field and was an improvement on the previous week.
Last season these players were playing at 7 different clubs it is impressive the way they have gelled together improving week on week.
POTD: Sarah McNight filling in @ centre back a short notice & doing an outstanding job.
Next game: We face league leaders, Taupo @ home 1pm.
Huntly vs Cambridge Football Club Ladies Div 2
SCORE: 2-1 HT, 4-3 FT.
GOAL SCORERS: Lorena 1, Wiki 1, Leianne 1
On a long grassed and leaf coverd pitch we shot of to a great start with Lorena slotting one in the net instantly taking the opposition by surprise, however they taught us a lesson by scoring 2 back!
Not to be defeated at half time we fought hard, but they scored another then added a penalty too, with encouragement from the coach Houndy, Wiki scored a great one then newbie Leianne snuck one in the net on her Cambridge debut...
Cambridge knackerd from just one sub whilst the opposition had a full bench just couldnt scrape together an equaliser...next time ...
POTD: Elliot for the outstanding effort fending them off today!
NEXT GAME: Home game under lights Wednesday night vs Unicol
Cambridge Football Club NRFL Reds vs Ngaruawahia United
SCORE: 2-1 HT, 2-1 FT.
GOAL SCORER: Patrick Woodlock.
This much anticipated game was a must watch, not just because it was a local derby, but because of the completely contrasting nature of the two teams involved. It was Cambridge’s youth and home- grown players v Ngaruawahia’s experienced and expensive imports. Truly A David v Goliath contest. Cambridge’s early domination seemed to have brought a well-deserved reward when Josh Noojens scored what looked to be a perfectly taken goal only to see it disallowed by the referee in what was a highly controversial and match deciding call. However, undaunted by the setback Cambridge eventually received their just rewards when Patrick Woodlock fired home from just inside the penalty area. Against the run of play Ngaruawahia found themselves back into the game when they were awarded a penalty. Their new and costly signing Mark Withers coolly slotted home from the spot to make the score 1-1. The away team slowly began to feel their way back into the game and Withers was once again found the back of the net with an excellent finish.
The second half was somewhat of an arm wrestle with neither side able to gain the upper hand. Cambridge edged possession and territory, but Ngarauwahia were always a threat on the break. In the later minutes of the half Cambridge were denied a penalty when Josh Clarkin was brought down in the area. To the surprise of the crowd the referee awarded the away team a free kick. Cambridge’s young side performed well and deserved to take at least a point from the match.
However, at the end of the day, Ngaruawahia left Kerkhof park with all three points and consolidated their position at the top of the division. Daniel Clarkin and teenage keeper Nate Camplin had excellent games and debutant Noah Skipp, yet nother teenager, is deserving of a special mention. However, Man of the Match was the inspirational skipper, Patrick Woodlock.
Next Game: Oratia at home - 3pm kick off.
Cambridge NRFL Division 2 U23s vs Ngaruawahia United AFC NRFL Division 2 U23s
SCORE: HT 1-0, FT 1-1.
GOAL SCORERS: Kyran Lockwood
Saturday saw Cambridge take on league leaders Ngaruawahia United.
Ngaruawahia started well and came close to taking the lead twice only to be stopped by the cross bar on both occasions.
The back 4 of Jack Dixon, Nathan Claridge, Matt Kozak and Kyle soaked any pressure that was thrown their way.
Cambridge took the lead midway through the first after some nice build up play found Kyran Lockwood put through on goal who rounded the on rushing goal keeper and placed the ball into the empty net.
Cambridge went into the changing room 1-0 to the good.
Second half saw Ngaruawahia equalise through former Cambridge player Callum MacLeod.
With full time approaching Cambridge threw everything forward but unfortunately just couldn’t find their way through to take all 3 points.
MOTM: shared between Nathan Claridge and Matt Kozak for their solid and sound centre back partnership.
Next game: Oratia United at home (28/05)
Tauranga City vs Cambridge (Champs)
SCORE: HT 1-1, FT 1-1.
GOAL SCORER: Dylan Blair
An injury and sickness plagued Cambridge side were still able to field a strong squad at Tauranga City where the reds kept their unbeaten run in tact. Player coach, (and usual outfield player) Josh Dagnall was placed between the sticks and was unfortunate to see a great save tipped on to the bar only for a City player follow up with a header which Dagnall ultimately couldn’t keep out of the net. Both teams battled through gale force winds which disrupted a lot of play during the match. Cambridge had a number of half chances which weren’t converted before Dylan Blair found a way through right on the stroke of half time.
Tauranga stepped up the pressure in the second half having most of the possession but were only limited to long range efforts. Cambridge almost found the net on occasions from Aaron Huesser & Peter Buesnel but the reds will settle with a point away from home. The draw leaves Cambridge slightly off the pace of surprise league leaders Te Puke who sit 4 points clear.
MOTM: went to centre back Aaron Jenkins for a commanding, solid and composed defensive display.
Next game: Waikato Unicol (Jansen Park), 28/05/2022 at 12.30pm.
Cambridge Football Club Div 3 vs Claudelands
SCORE: 0-0 HT, 2-0 FT.
GOAL SCORERS: Yash Niewiadomski x2
Cambridge started the game well creating lots of attacking opportunities but struggled to stay onside and put the ball away in the back of the net hitting the posts and crossbar 4 times in the first half alone.
After half time with the scores locked 0-0 Cambridge continued to pressure the opposition with the break coming from Captain Yash Niewiadomski as he struck the ball from outside the box and the Claudelands keeper fumbled into his own net. The second goal was another absolute rocket from outside the box but this time Yash made sure the keeper had no chance as it rippled into the back of the net uncontested. A couple of great saves late in the game from Paddy Espin helped Cambridge keep a clean sheet.
POTD: John Ward for strong defensive presence at CB
NEXT GAME: Home game against Morrisville.